How to add the iSCSI Initiator User Interface to Windows Server 2008 Server Core edition

The following steps will allow you to access the User Interface (UI) for the iSCSI Initiator on a Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation, as an alternative to using ISCSCLI from the CMD line to configure the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator settings.

There are two important caveats:

1. This is strictly speaking, unsupported, since this functionality did not ship with Server Core

2. Since the files for the user interface did not ship with Server Core, they would not be updated by any future updates to these files since they are not expected to exist on Server Core.

Copy the following files, from a GUI version of the Same SKU of 2008.

For example, if you are using Windows Server 2008 Enterprise server core, then copy these from a Windows 2008 Server Enterprise GUI version of the same processor type, they will need to be copied to the same location on the server core machine.

1.    c:\windows\system32\iscsicpl.dll
2.    c:\windows\system32\iscsicpl.exe

3.    c:\windows\system32\en-us\iscsicpl.dll.mui
4.    c:\windows\system32\en-us\iscsicpl.exe.mui

5.    To access the iSCSI control panel, run “iscsicpl.exe” from the CMD prompt.

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